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Duncraig Castle
Reviewed 29 September 2009

You have just got to visit this place, the rooms are huge & the views are beautiful. Breakfast is served in the dining room which is about 30' square & high! What an experience.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2007

We stayed at Duncraig Castle for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. We arrived by train on the 25th June 2007 and were met by Jane, a very friendly member of staff, who showed us the way up to the castle from Duncraigs own little station. This was about a 5 minute pleasant walk along a winding track through the trees. As we approached a clearing in the trees the castle emerged in all its splendour..a very grand looking place. The entrance hall was a magnificent room, nicely decorated with an original old fireplace in, comfy sofas and tartan carpet. From here we were shown to our room on the 2nd floor. This was a large beautifully decorated bedroom with two big windows, one overlooking the Loch and mountains, the other overlooking the castle grounds and woods. We had our own adjoining dressing room with lots of wardrobe space which led, through double doors, into a large bathroom. We also had use of the 2nd floor lounge which had wonderful views of the village of Plockton and towards Applecross. After we had settled in, Perlin, the owner came to greet us and asked if we would like some strawberries and cream :-) which we gladly accepted and enjoyed at the table in the lounge. Breakfast in the mornings was served in the very grand dining room which also had fantastic views of the Loch. We both had full English/Scottish breakfast, cooked by Sam - Perlins husband. As I am vegetarian I had veggie sausages, instead of black pudding and bacon, with free range eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and hash browns along with as much toast and coffee as we wanted. As we did not have a car whilst staying at the castle, Perlin and Sam, or Jane were happy to give us a lift into Plockton or the surrounding area. The castle has its own private pebble beach which is accessed by steps leading down from the castle grounds. We planned to have a picnic down there one night (as it stays light until around midnight). Due to a heavy downpour we had to cancel that idea but Perlin brought us wine glasses and plates etc and we had our picnic in the 2nd floor lounge instead and watched a video. We were made to feel very much at home during our stay and that is Sam and Perlins whole idea - for people to go to the castle as houseguests and treat the place as their home during their stay. They have worked very hard to get the guest rooms to the standard that they are and we wish them all the best with the rest of their ronovations. We had a very memorable and enjoyable stay at the castle and it was a lovely start to our honeymoon. Sam and Perlins hospitality is fantastic. We would definately go again!

Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2007

Duncraig Castle sits above the delightful fishing village of Plockton. It is owned and run by a friendly couple who are renovating the castle and have started a B&B business this year (2007).
The castle sits 2.5 miles outside Plockton (by road and bumpy track) - about a 40 minute walk around the edge of the loch if you have good boots and enjoy clambering through bushes!

What we liked:

- The size of the room and bathroom.
- The peaceful location.
- Sitting room with excellent views of the village and surrounding countryside.
- The public rooms are fitted to a high standard.

What we didn’t like:

- There were no locks on the bedroom doors. I’m sure Plockton village life is safe and secure, but I would prefer too choose whether I lock my doors at night or when out of my room.
- There were no blinds on the bath room windows. OK, the house is in the middle of nowhere and we were on the second story, but it still feels uncomfortable using the toilet or taking a shower in full view of the local wildlife.
- When we arrived there were no towels in the bathroom.
- The bed wasn’t made on the second day, the bathroom wasn’t cleaned and the bins weren’t emptied.
- We were asked to order breakfast the night before (sometimes you don’t know what you want if you have had a big meal the previous evening).
- The hospitality tray was missing and never appeared.
- The modern annex to the castle is in a poor state of repair and gives a poor initial impression (it’s unused currently).
- The price for the above - £50 pppn.

The owners are trying hard I’m sure, but for the price, we expected a certain level of accommodation and service and we didn’t get it. Given time and some outside help, I’m sure Duncraig Castle will be an interesting and satisfying place to stay. For now though, it’s expensive, a little too remote from the village (1 glass of wine with dinner only) and has too many teething problems to recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Suzannegh, Owner at Duncraig Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2010

This revue dates from over two years before I took over the business. In the intervening period I have significantly improved the building, guest facilities and customer experience. Suzanne

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Reviewed 20 June 2007

I was expecting a quirky castle under construction, but was not expecting that there would be missing panes of glass, tiny rooms, no towels, dirtyish accomodation. The owners are very nice, and the castle is beautiful with a lot of potential, but it is still in a very run-down state of being and is not worth it when the same amount
of money can buy a very clean and comfy accomodation elsewhere.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Suzannegh, Owner at Duncraig Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2010

This revue dates from over two years before I took over the business. In the intervening period I have significantly improved the building, guest facilities and customer experience. Suzanne

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Reviewed 27 April 2007

A really special place. Quirky, ruggedly romantic, grand, laid-back, secret.
We first heard of Duncraig Castle when it featured in a TV documentary series a few years ago. Suffice to say we were soon envious of the Dobson family who were the lucky new owners, despite the size of the project they'd taken on. When we found ourselves in the vicinity this April we decided to see if we could find it and perhaps stay.
The lanes around Plockton are narrow and the castle wasn't obviously signposted at the time, but a small sign to the 'station' pointing down an unlikely looking wooded track triggered a recollection of someone in the programme mentioning a private station that served the castle. We took that unprepossesing (and decidedly rustic!) track and emerged in a sun filled space between tall pinewoods rising to impressive rocky bluffs and a truly Baronial Victorian mansion rearing above a flower strewn lawn.
Duncraig is huge; 80 odd rooms as we learned later, and commands a spectacular view across sea lochs, mountains and the beautiful village of Plockton.
Sam and Perlin, and their delightful daughter Amelia, are the eponymous Dobsons and they are truly an inspiration. Managing the tricky business of being professional, effecient and totally laid-back with aplomb, they are bravely, and almost single-handedly wrestling this stately pile back from the brink of dereliction. Perlin told us she wanted to give the place back its glory after previous owners allowed it to crumble for more than 20 years. From what we saw during our brief stay, she and Sam are well on their way to achieving their goal.
The restored parts of the castle are in the true spirit of the country house; rich wall coverings by Sanderson and Morris, well worn and well loved antique furniture, deep pile tartan carpets and open fires feature in the grand public rooms. The bedrooms are qenuine country house, not the frilly, fussy, corporate pastiche you find in most 'country house' hotels. Ours was huge, with an ensuite dressing room and bathroom through tall glazed double doors. Wonderful!
Breakfast was served in a bright airy attic room with views of the sea and seals basking on rocks right below. And what a breakfast! fresh Skye kippers with scrambled eggs and mushrooms, toast and local jam.
After breakfast Perlin took us on a fascinating 'behind the scenes' tour of the unrestored parts of the house. Duncraig is very much a work in progress and it was exciting to see all these spaces either coming back to life or awaiting their reawakening from years of neglect. It was also a sobering reminder of the scale of this project and of Perlin and Sam's commitment to the place.
They deserve every encouragement in their adventure. They have fanstastic plans for the grand old place; weddings, partnership ceremonies, parties, conferences, a restaurant, a coffee shop.
If you fancy something different, off the beaten track, in glorious surroundings, just beat a path to their door and say hi. Check out their website at [---] for more information and make sure you look at the gallery! You won't regret it.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2012
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2012
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Ross-shire, Plockton IV52 8TZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Plockton
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Plockton
Number of rooms: 5
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Temporarily closed for renovation. OPEN SPRING 2018. ... more   less 
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